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The World of Image in Islamic PhilosophyIbn Sina, Suhrawardi, Shahrazuri and Beyond$
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L. W. C. van Lit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415859

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415859.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy

L. W. C. van Lit

Edinburgh University Press

The first two, very short sections introduce the questions this book aims to answer and outlines how the answers are distributed over the chapters. The next section is for those unfamiliar with Suhrawardī and the world of image, giving a primer on what scholars have been able to figure out so far. The latter half of the chapter explains the methodology. Next to conventional close reading, this book also utilizes a form of ‘distant reading’. In general, this approach uses automated searches through a large corpus of texts to detect patterns that would go unnoticed for a normal reader. For this book, it means that especial attention is paid to the intertextuality of all texts within a commentary tradition. By tracing the very same sentence in dozens of texts and mapping their mutations, a genealogy can be established which is a proxy for the trajectory through history of an idea.

Keywords:   Distant reading, Intertextuality, Commentary writing, Henry Corbin

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